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Peer-learning and Knowledge Exchange Visit on Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives in India for Delegation from Government of Ethiopia, 27th -29th January 2020, Karnataka

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), in collaboration with Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), organized a knowledge exchange visit for officials of Government of Ethiopia to learn good practices on climate and disaster resilient agriculture on 27-29th January 2020 in Karnataka and on 30th January 2020 in New Delhi. In Karnataka, the 3 days programme was coordinated by Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC). The programme was participated by 41 delegates including 6 Ethiopian delegates and delegations from Bihar Givernment. Day 1 was on briefing and introductory session by NIDM and ADPC which included presentations from KSNDMC, Watershed Development Department, Department, Department of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, Department of Animal Husbandry and Department of E-Governance, GoK. Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta, NIDM, Dr. Srinivasa Reddy, Director, KSNDMC and Joint Secretary of Disaster Management Department of Bihar chaired the inaugural programme. Dr. Mona gave an introductory note about ADPC and the programme and Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta gave the welcome address and highlighted the role of NIDM and also about the importance of such per learning exchange porgramme. Dr. Srinivasa Reddy, Director of KSNDMC presented on Disaster Monitoring and Early Warning System in Karnataka; Dr. Anthony, Additional Director, Department of Agriculture, GoK presented on the agriculture scenario of Karnataka; Joint Director of Department of Horticulture presented on innovations and prospects of Horticulure; Dr. Manjunath S. Palegar, Additional Director of Animal Husbandry Department presented on best practices adopted towards climate and disaster resilient. Day 2 was visit to Hebbur Sub-Watershed in Tumakuru District of Karnataka which is under Sujala-III project and visit to climate resilient village which is also in Tumakuru District in D. Nagenahalli, Koratagere Taluk. The visit was coordinated by Watershed Development Department Team of Government of Karnataka. Different types of water and soil conservation structures like trenching cum bunding, percolation tanks, dug out ponds. Gokata, telemetric weather stations were shown and demonstrated. Day 3 was visit to Indian Institute Horticulture Research (IIHR) where the participants were taken to entomology, pathology and molecular lab and also to the experimental fields of the Institute. The programme concluded with experience sharing and debriefing programme in KSNDMC.

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National Conference on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR): Pathways for Inclusion and Action for Resilience on 5th February 2020 at Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi

"National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India (GoI) in collaboration with Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), Government of India (GoI) has organized the National Conference on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR): Pathways for Inclusion and Action for Resilience on 5th February 2020 at Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi. Shri Kamal Kishore, Hon’ble Member of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Shri S.N. Pradhan, Director General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) inaugurated the conference. Three technical sessions on Disability inclusion in DRR: Need for a Holistic Approach, Mainstreaming Inclusion in Local Level Action and Participation of PwD’s in Disaster Risk Reduction Process were conducted at the conference. The valedictory for the conference was addressed by Smt. Shakuntala Gamlin, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), Government of India (GoI) and Shri G.V.V Sarma, the Hon’ble Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)."


NIDM and CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) Signs Memorandum of Understanding on 16th January 2020, New Delhi

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 16th January 2020 between CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and NIDM (National Institute of Disaster Management) for cooperation in developing the “Crisis Management Plan and allied Capacity Building Endeavor to Deal with Contamination of Water Bodies”, under a designated process framework. The plan would cover all the phases of crisis management, preparedness, warning, detection & assessment, protection & mitigation, response and situation management, restoration and recovery, along with plan for capacity building and financial strategies and would be part of the Disaster management Plan of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India.


Consultative workshop on Capacity Building for Animal inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (AiDRR) on 9th January 2020 at The Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) organised a consultative workshop on Capacity Building for Animal inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (AiDRR) on 9th January, 2020 at The Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi. The inaugural session was chaired by Prof. V.K. Sharma, Shri Upmanyu Basu, JS, DoAHD, Ms. Bharati, IG Forests, MoEF&CC Maj. Gen. Manoj Kumar Bindal, ED, NIDM. The workshop was attended by nearly 100 participants from different organizations like Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Department of Animal Husbandry, Central Zoo Authority, Zoological Survey of India, Wildlife Institute of India, WTI, GIZ, Veterinary experts from different states etc. Objective of this workshop was to brainstorm on the existing negligence of animals during disasters, issues pertaining to the look-after and take-care of the Animals during disasters, to study the existing policies in this regard, identify gap areas and to arrive at a framework for an effective Disaster Risk Reduction mechanism for Animals during disasters. Topics like Animal Care with reference to Human Health (Zoonosis), Understanding the Impact of Forest fire on Fauna Resources for conservation and management, Harnessing the potential of local networks to achieve DRR for animals, Zoo Specific DM Planning were discussed. The valedictory session was chaired by Dr. S. P. Yadav, Member Secretary, CZA and Dr. Kailash Chandra, Director, ZSI. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Anil K. Gupta and Shri Ashish K. Panda.

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